We are exploring line and shape (two of our Elements of Design). This sketchbook assignment is from the book Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain. This activity focuses the artist to look at lines and shapes, rather than a full image of a "man sitting in a chair". The artist needs to draw looking at the image source from upside-down. This allows the artist to clearly focus on lines and shapes and not the image as a whole. When learning to draw it is important to always be looking at the source image or object and focus on what we actually see, not what we 'think we see'. Often the memory of what we think we see is not reflective of the actual shapes and forms of the object. We are taking this original assignment a little bit further and we have broken the image up into sections. Your task is to draw one section at a time, concentrating on lines, shapes and the positions of these lines and shapes within the square.
Part of learning how to draw is allowing you to simplify images into lines and shapes. Simplify your drawing into connecting lines from the source image.
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Create a grid of 4 x 5 equal sections. You may use the grid provided or create your own grid in your sketchbook.
Using the ‘answer key’, concentrate on drawing one square at a time in the corresponding grid. You are concentrating only on lines and shapes and where those lines and shapes are positioned within each square.
This is an example of the assignment completed. Just because you know what it may look like finished, DON'T concentrate on the finished product.
Draw one section at a time (UPSIDE DOWN). Let your brain 'get tricked' onto being a better artist by completing one square at a time!
Drawing by Ms. Cameron & Ms. Pitford